WDMA Efforts Lead to Tariff Exclusions

June 18th, 2018 by Editor

Last week, the White House announced tariffs of 25 percent on more than 800 strategically important imports from China worth about $50 billion. However, lobbying efforts from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) led to the removal of several products used in the production of  doors, windows and skylights.

WDMA says it submitted comments in May to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requesting specific exclusions for certain products on the list, and the following items were excluded from tariffs: Iron or steel, nuts; iron or steel, helical springs (other than suitable for motor vehicle suspension); metal-based products in various states of value add.

“WDMA is pleased that the Trump administration agreed that these products should not be subject to tariffs,” said WDMA president and CEO Michael O’Brien. “Imposing tariffs on these Chinese products would have curtailed the ability of manufacturers to retain responsible Chinese vendors as an option in the supply chain. We have seen the effects that other tariffs, including steel and aluminum, have had on price increases for the residential housing and commercial construction markets. Today’s win will help prevent additional increases for our manufacturers and consumers alike.”

USTR has proposed an additional list of 284 products from China that could be subject to a tariff and will undergo further review in a public notice and comment process, including a public hearing. After completion of this process, USTR will issue a final determination on whether to impose an additional tariff. WDMA will evaluate the proposed list and determine if the association will seek additional exemptions.

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